DIY: Eco-Friendly Handmade Gifts

DIY upcycled sweater stockings

Are your fingers feeling itchy to craft? Then get those digits to work!

To get your creative juices flowing, I’ve assembled my all-time most popular DIY tutorials for you to peruse through. Click on any of the photos below to read the full set of instructions on how to make these practical and design-savvy eco-friendly gifts for the holidays.

After all, nothing’s more festive and heartfelt than something that’s handmade with love!

dit printed eco gift wrap

diy orange spice face scrub face scrub

diy upcylced sweater leg warmers

homemade cheek and lip stain

embellished heart elbow patch sweater

diy sweater bracelets

Finds: Warm & Toasty

Pierogi Picnic: Warm & Cozy Handmade Winter Finds

With half of the nation in a deep freeze this week – I thought it appropriate to bring you a collection of goodies that will having you feeling warm and toasty in no time!

These beautifully crafted items were all hand-selected by me to help you think cozy thoughts in these blistering winter temps. So stop what you’re doing, grab a warm beverage, and explore the sites of these talented artisans. I guarantee that you’ll like what you find!

p.s. If you’re already gift-hunting for Valentine’s Day – this collection should give you some great ideas!

      1. Handmade Boots by Rita J Felt
      2. Warm Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub by Blackberry Ranch
      3. Couples Hand-Holding Mitten by With Love From Emma
      4. Knitted Ear Warmers by Yes Jess
      5. Organic Fair Trade Drinking Chocolate by Flying Bird Botanicals
      6. Goat’s Milk, Cocoa Butter, Oatmeal Bath Bombs by Kissmibella
      7. Winter Scenery Art Print by Malobi
      8. Heart Knit Boot Cuffs by Senur Sasa
      9. Whipped Shea, Mango and Cocoa Butter by Fatty’s Soap Company
      10. Knit Hand Muff by Ovinity
      11. Spicy Chocolate Truffles by Epic Edibles
      12. Minimalist Winter Wall Decor by Raceytay
      13. Rose Vanilla Cuticle Cream by Swamp Angel
      14. Knitted Cosby Skirt by Pierogi Picnic
      15. Scalloped Fingerless Gloves by Cookieletta
      16. Pocket Hand Warmers by Worme Wool

Events: Holiday Renegade Craft Fair

It’s that time again – time to start making my shopping list for the annual holiday edition of the Renegade Craft Fair!

I’m not just shopping the event, I will also be selling my wares! Once more I am collaborating with Caitlin Peters of Wanderlustings to create an invitingly boutique-like booth that will be filled to the brim with clothing, jewelry and festive accessories.

Stop by to visit and you’ll find my popular Sir Cycle men’s hoodies, the forever adorable Cosby skirts, my Peek A Boo Chevron cardigans and more! Plus – wear a Pierogi Picnic design to the event and you’ll receive a 30% discount on your purchase with me that day!!!

Be sure to swing by the event this weekend in Wicker Park to stock up on all your gift needs!

Sale: Let the Fun Begin!

Congratulations – you survived Thanksgiving and now have loads of time to lounge, digest and do some online holiday shopping! In true spirit of the season – Pierogi Picnic is bringing you deals that you can mix and match starting today until Monday, November 26th .

Spend $65 or more in my Etsy shop this weekend and you can utilize the following coupon code for free shipping anywhere in the world: THANKSGIVING1

Before you checkout – be sure you use this coupon code for 20% off your entire purchase, which can include vintage, ready-made and custom items: THANKSGIVING2

All shoppers who spend $100 or more with us this weekend will also receive a free tote with their purchase! Great as an extra goodie for yourself or use it as a gift for someone else!

Happy shopping!

Events: Renegade’s Chicago Holiday Market 2012

Big news hit my inbox Monday – Pierogi Picnic has been accepted to the 2012 rendition of Renegade’s Holiday Market! It will be my second time participating in the December show and am so excited for the opportunity!

I am also really looking forward to partnering with my good friend and creative cohort Caitlin Peters of Wanderlustings. Her new jewelry collection has me absolutely smitten. Between her beautiful and intricate trinkets and my brightly colored fabric baubles we’re going to knock the socks off this year’s fair goers!

So for the next month and a half expect lots of sneak peeks and previews of what’s to come at this year’s event! I’ll also be picking your brains closer to the date about booth setups and merchandise via the Pierogi Picnic Facebook. So be sure to stay tuned!